I was thinking about my goals for 2012. I’d rather not do resolutions. Goals sounds much nicer… to me. At first my goals were rather number focused. I want to publish three more books this year, have X number of sales and 100’s of hits to my blog.
Then I was reading an article on success and what it means to different authors at different times in their careers. It reminded me that when I started writing, my goal was to have fun, to enjoy the journey and learn from the process. You know what – I still like that goal.
Now I’m rethinking my goals for 2012 and I’m returning to the idea that for me – writing should be fun. I want to enjoy the journey, not see how fast I can get there.
It’s like the difference between traveling by foot (walking) or by jet plane (flying). If you really want to see a place, you need to get out and walk around. If you just want to get somewhere fast, take a plane. Each has their pros and cons. I would rather think of writing as exploring a new and exciting city, rich with experiences. It shouldn’t be a cross-country flight intent only on getting from point A to point B. It should be more like a magic carpet ride. For me, writing is all about the journey, not the final destination. Because even if you take that jet plane flight, it’s always best if you’re going to a place where you want to stroll the streets and byways and explore all the wonders that unfold right before your very eyes. Otherwise, why take the flight in the first place.
I think I’m going to stroll into 2012. Want to come along and enjoy the sights? I think there’s room on my magic carpet.
Happy trails and happy tales…. Enjoy always, T